May Goals 2017: Fitness, Financial, Blogging + Personal

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Welcome to May! It’s looking to be a pretty busy month around here so I’ll be trying not to get too overwhelmed. Fitting in my workouts will be a must!

Now it’s time for the monthly post I like to do where I round up my monthly goals and share them here for accountability and to remind you to do the same!

It’s time for new goals, y’all.

May 2017 Goals

 May Goals 2017: Fitness, Financial, Blogging + Personal via



Workouts are still going great! I have been changing things up quite a bit but I’m still working out 3-4 times a week. Goal is always 4 times but May is gonna be a busy month with the school year winding down and spring and summer sports and end of year school concerts ramping up!

My fitness goals for May:

  • Thinner, Leaner, Stronger Program. This is a new-to-me workout program and it’s somewhat similar to StrongLifts but I like it better because there’s a little more variety and you aren’t doing the same moves every day.

Thinner, Leaner, Strong Workout Program - via

I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a complete solution in one place.

Inside you’ll learn:

  • How to get in shape in just 3-6 hours of workouts per week (you can choose your program – 3, 4 or 5 workouts per week!)
  • How and what to eat for best results
  • How to figure out a personalized meal plan
  • Exactly what exercises to do in your workouts
  • That HIIT doesn’t have to be SUPER crazy to be effective

If you don’t believe me, just check out the reviews others have left for this book. You can find it on Amazon.

I promise it’s good stuff!



My financial goal for the year is to pay off as much debt as possible. I’m tracking all debt balances from credit cards to student loans and even our mortgage. I love watching the balances fall and it keeps me motivated.

In the last couple years I’ve learned something about myself. When I’m struggling with depression and/or grief, I tend to spend more money on things we don’t really need and it’s usually on credit. Not a good combo! I guess you could call it emotional spending? Now my focus is digging myself out and I’m working really hard at it because it’s super important to me.


May financial goals:

  • Schedule all May bills.


  • Set up May budget in Every Dollar. I’ve never been good at budgeting but this free app makes it so easy. I’ve been using it for over 6 months now so it’s definitely working okay for me. I highly recommend it.


  • No spend month! We cash flowed 2016 taxes and a new roof last month. It’s time to sit back and do things that don’t require spending for a while.




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Blogging kind of fell off last month. I’ve just felt overwhelmed with life and we got our roof redone at the end of the month. That process was really stressful for me and made my anxiety go sky high! Thankfully it’s done now and it’s so beautiful. We had to cash flow it and spending that kind of cash is a hard pill to swallow – especially when you’re working towards paying off debt. I’m just thrilled we didn’t have to take out a loan to get it done.

May blogging goals:

  • Continue using CoSchedule to help me plan my editorial calendar and social media posts. This is such an invaluable tool for bloggers. If you haven’t taken advantage of the free trial, you really should.
  • Add more value to 20 old blog posts. I have some really dated blog posts considering my first post went live here on December 4, 2008. Instead of getting rid of that content I’m just trying to go through and update it as best I can. It’s fun to look back on old blog posts but some make me cringe pretty good too. I have definitely learned a lot over the years.
  • Continue Elite Blog Academy. I am loving this course. It is so thorough. It’s even better than I imagined. It’s also a lot of work but the step-by-step layout makes it pretty easy to focus on what I’m supposed to be doing. I kind of slacked off in April but I’m ready to start back up right where I left off.



In addition to my fitness, financial and blogging goals, I also have some personal goals to work on this month.

  • Read one book. This month’s book is going to be The Shack. This was originally my April pick but I had to read 13 Reasons Why (which I love) before I watched the showBack to The ShackI just realized the movie is out (because apparently I live under a rock) and I really need to read the book before I see the movie. I’m really excited about this one. If you’re looking for ideas you can check out my 2017 reading list at the bottom of this post.
  • Spend 10-15 minutes every night planning for the next day in my Erin Condren Life Planner (to-do list, appointments, goals, etc.)
  • Finish my first paint-by-number. I’m so in love with projects like these! I highly recommend them if you deal with anxiety and/or depression. Focusing on anything that requires great attention to detail is a great way to get your racing mind a break. I’m currently working on this horse one for my mother-in-law. <—I didn’t quite finish last month so I’ll be busting my booty this month to get it done for her.

Let’s get some stuff done!

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My name is Mindi and I'm an office manager and blogger living in Minnesota with my husband and our blended family of four children. Thank you for visiting Lifting Makes Me Happy! I fight depression and anxiety with healthy living and writing. I hope you are encouraged and motivated by the things I share here. I appreciate you stopping by!
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